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Oct 2, 2014 9:48 AM

The State of Football: Week 5

New Hampshire Football Report

Roger Brown

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There are nine unbeaten teams remaining in the state, three in Division I, four in Division II and two in Division III. The goal this week is to identify one team in each division that has the best chance to finish the regular season undefeated. Here we go ...

The unbeatens: Bedford (4-0), Concord (4-0) and Pinkerton Academy (4-0).
Best chance to finish undefeated: Pinkerton
The Astros have already passed their toughest tests (Nashua South, Salem and Londonderry). Bedford and Concord each have tougher remaining schedules. Plus the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs still have to play each other.

The unbeatens: St. Thomas (4-0), Kennett (4-0), Windham (4-0) and Lebanon (3-0).
Best chance to finish undefeated: Windham
It's likely that more than one team from this division will enter the postseason with an unblemished record, but the rules say we can pick only one. Lebanon and Kennett still have to face one another, although the winner of that game could finish unbeaten as well. St. Thomas still has to get past Laconia and Trinity; Windham will likely be tested by Milford and Monadnock. Slight edge to the Jaguars.

The unbeatens: Bow (3-0) and Winnisquam (3-0).
Best chance to finish undefeated: Bow
Fourteen of the 16 teams in Division III have at least one loss after three weeks. Bow, last year's Division III champ, has allowed seven points in its three games and appears to be the best of the bunch, but the Falcons will have to get past Winnisquam on Oct. 25.

At any rate with the utmost confidence ... this week's selections:

Salem 21
Alvirne 14
Broncos are lacking a signature win. This would be it.

Concord 27
Memorial 21
Memorial will likely need a victory to remain a viable playoffs contender.

Nashua South 20
Timberlane 14
Panthers are seeking their third straight victory.

Londonderry 35
Keene 7
Londonderry offense is a handful.

Portsmouth 21
Central 20
The Clippers inch closer to a playoff berth

Spaulding 21
Dover 7

Shout out to the many Spaulding players who worked at the Soup Kitchen this week.

Pinkerton 35
Bishop Guertin 14

Astros will have to carry on without fullback/linebacker Jason Hansen (torn ACL, sprained MCL).

Bedford 21

Exeter 14

Constrasting styles will meet in Exeter on Saturday night.

Goffstown 27
Winnacunnet 14

Warriors will likely be without quarterback Brian Auffant (stress fracture) for the rest of the season.

Nashua North 28
Merrimack 14
Have a hunch that North's Myles Cassin-Reed is going to have a very productive game.


St. Thomas 27
Laconia 14

The Saints have outscored their opponents 169-25 this season.

Kennett 26
Hanover 7

The Eagles will be unbeaten at this time next week too.

Milford 14

Lebanon 13

An unbeaten falls.

Windham 34
Souhegan 14

Thus far, no one has been able to give Windham a game.

Merrimack Valley 32
Kingswood 14

The Pride improve to 3-0 away from home.

Pembroke 14
West 12

Someone will exit this game with their first victory.

Abington, Mass. 20
Kearsarge 7

Abington (3-1) enters this contest on a three-game winning streak.

Monadnock 20
Pelham 6

Huskies are playing good defense. They make it three wins in a row.

Trinity 20
Plymouth 14
Despite their 0-3 record, expect the Bobcats to make life tough for the Pioneers in this one.

Hollis/Brookline 20
John Stark 14
Winner of this game is still very much in the playoff picture.

Sanborn 27
ConVal 13

Sanborn is 1-2, but it's losses came against unbeaten St. Thomas and unbeaten Windham.


Somersworth 26
Raymond 12

Still not sure what happened to the Somersworth defense against Gilford.

Farmington-Nute 22
Bishop Brady 14
Defense has been an issue for each of these teams.

Bow 34
Epping-Newmarket 14

Not sure anyone in Division III is on Bow's level.

Stevens 14
Franklin 6
Franklin ended a nine-game losing streak last weekend, and will be trying to win back-to-back games for the first time since 2012.

Winnisquam 27
Campbell 21

Toughest game to pick this week. Banking on another big game from Christian Serrano.

Newport 34
IL/Moultonborough 22

The Tigers should be able to take advantage of an Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough defense that has surrendered at least 20 points in each of its three games.

Mascoma 26
Newfound 6

The Bears have allowed 110 points in three games.

Gilford 32
Fall Mountain 12

Since it has what you could call a favorable schedule, Gilford may run the table and finish 7-1

Last week: 22-5
Record to date: 77-23

The State of Football, a commentary on New Hampshire high school football, appears each Friday throughout the season. Follow Roger Brown on Twitter: @603sportsmedia.


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